Cheesy Bread

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A cross between garlic bread and pizza, cheesy bread is a quick, easy, and delicious party snack.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

My friend Michelle loves to throw big parties, with plenty of food and plenty of friends. I think it must be the large Italian family thing, one is never at a loss for food or great company at her house.

One of my favorite dishes that usually makes an appearance at Michelle’s is this “cheesy bread”, a sort of cross between garlic bread and pizza. It’s a great way to help feed a lot of hungry people, and easy to pull together, even at the last minute.

I’ve shown them sliced, but you could easily cut them crosswise again for smaller appetizer bites. But watch out, they’re addictive!

Have a variation of cheesy bread that you love? Tell us about it in the comments!

Cheesy Bread Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 20 slices

This recipe can easily be doubled or scaled up to make even more.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz shredded Mozzarella cheese (1 cup)
  • 8 oz shredded sharp cheddar cheese (about 2 cups)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup chopped green onion (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp sour cream (optional)
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter (1/4 cup, 2 ounces), softened to the point of being slightly melted
  • 1 loaf of French or Italian bread (I used Ciabatta)

Method

1 Make the cheesy topping: In a small bowl, mix the butter and garlic together until smooth. In a separate large bowl, mix together the cheeses and the green onion. Stir in the mayonnaise and sour cream. Add the butter mixture to the cheese mixture.

2 Spread cheese over bread: Preheat broiler. Slice loaf of bread in half horizontally, lay crust side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. Spread cheese mixture over the bread.

3 Place under the broiler until nicely browned, about 3 to 5 minutes.

4 Slice: Remove from broiler and let sit for 5 minutes until cool enough to handle. Slice the bread with a bread knife. Serve.

Variations:

Try mixing in other ingredients with the topping mixture, such as chopped black olives, chopped canned artichoke hearts, minced shrimp, or crab meat.

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Olive cheese bread - from Ree of Pioneer Woman Cooks

Cheesy Bread

Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Kylee

    This is so good easy,fast,taste good that’s what you want all the family loves it
    Thanks

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  2. Anonymous

    It just tastes like mayonnaise. I like the idea, and it looks the part, but next time I’ll be leaving out the mayonnaise, maybe double the butter mixture.

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  3. MG

    This is one of the best recipes I have ever tried. Everyone in the group wanted the recipe for themselves. Its delicious and so easy to make. Thank you.

    xxxxxyyyyy

  4. Jacqueline

    This recipe was originally printed in Dairyland Milk recipe pamphlets and was called California bread. I remember when IGA grocery store sold it in their stores. Yummy!

    xxxxxyyyyy

  5. Peg

    The best! Big huge hit with teens!

    xxxxxyyyyy

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